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It Looks Like Carter All Over Again
PJ Media ^ | October 9, 2012 | Michael Ledeen

Posted on 10/09/2012 4:05:24 PM PDT by bronxville

In the end, Carter lost to Reagan because he dithered too much, because he was just too feckless, because our enemies were running amok, and Carter was trying to make a deal with them instead of acting the way most of us thought a real American leader should act. Then, as now, the media were overwhelmingly behind the Democratic incumbent, but the real world overwhelmed them. Then, it was American hostages in Iran. Now, it is American dead in Libya. Then, it was a mob of Iranian “students” shrieking “death to America” in Tehran and taking over the American embassy . Now, it is jihadi killers in Benghazi gunning down our ambassador and three soldiers, and burning the consulate.

Back then, the symbol of a failed president was a big rabbit. Now, it’s a big bird.... READ MORE: http://pjmedia.com/michaelledeen/2012/10/09/it-looks-like-carter-all-over-again/


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 57states; bigbird; carter; ledeen; mediawingofthednc; michaelledeen; mymuslimfaith; obama; partisanmediashills; rabbit
"Back then, the symbol of a failed president was a big rabbit. Now, it’s a big bird."

"Machiavelli says that once a leader becomes an object of contempt, he’s doomed. Which is Obama’s current condition. Once you become the butt of jokes the aura of leadership is gone forever."

The obamov followers running around in idiotic chicken outfits, certainly doesn't help salvage any dignity, however much is left. A terrific analogy by Michael Ledeen.

1 posted on 10/09/2012 4:05:33 PM PDT by bronxville
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To: bronxville

Obama is Carter 1980. Romney is Carter in 1976.


2 posted on 10/09/2012 4:07:23 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: bronxville
It Looks Like Carter All Over Again

At the rate Obama is sliding, the above statement could end being libelous toward Carter.
3 posted on 10/09/2012 4:08:29 PM PDT by verum ago (Some people must truly be in love, for only love can be so blind.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks bronxville.
Carter lost to Reagan because he dithered too much, because he was just too feckless, because our enemies were running amok, and Carter was trying to make a deal with them instead of acting the way most of us thought a real American leader should act. Then, as now, the media were overwhelmingly behind the Democratic incumbent, but the real world overwhelmed them. Then, it was American hostages in Iran. Now, it is American dead in Libya.

4 posted on 10/09/2012 4:10:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: bronxville

A huge difference in 1980 was that the famously conservative leader Ronald Reagan, had to convince the American people that he was not too far right for American politics, that he wouldn’t get us killed with his strong, bold, even radically conservative views.


5 posted on 10/09/2012 4:12:13 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: nickcarraway
Hardly Romney is Carter 1976.
6 posted on 10/09/2012 4:12:44 PM PDT by Perdogg (Vote like the US Constitution depends on it - it does!!)
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To: bronxville

Reagan had significant;y different policies than Carter. Romney supported the rebels in Libya and now in Syria. Liberal fail.


7 posted on 10/09/2012 4:13:30 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: bronxville
"Back then, the symbol of a failed president was a big rabbit. Now, it’s a big bird."

Actually, I think it's the Big Bow.

8 posted on 10/09/2012 4:14:26 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: Perdogg

Of course, you are right. Carter ran as a conservative in 1976.


9 posted on 10/09/2012 4:14:53 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: bronxville

Electorally it IS a lot like Carter. However, don’t dismiss the advantage the left has enjoyed between then and now. When good and evil compromise, evil wins.


10 posted on 10/09/2012 4:16:20 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: bronxville
Here's a great page: The Killer Rabbit Haunts Jimmy Carter


11 posted on 10/09/2012 4:24:10 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: nickcarraway

Well, we have two choices this year, so pick wisely.


12 posted on 10/09/2012 4:29:51 PM PDT by Perdogg (Vote like the US Constitution depends on it - it does!!)
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To: bronxville

1. high gas prices
2. high unemployment
3. widely hated USA in the middle-east

Yup..! What is old is new again..!

Hey why isn’t the media noisy about it? Cuz we don’t have a WHITE guy from Georgia as Prez, that’s why.

Cuz East coast intellectual elites DO prefer professional death to criticizing a black bisexual Muslim.


13 posted on 10/09/2012 4:32:03 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: bronxville

Don’t forget Carter’s policies were so devastating to the country that the British thought he was a Russian mole.


14 posted on 10/09/2012 4:42:41 PM PDT by NoobRep
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To: bronxville


15 posted on 10/09/2012 5:20:14 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obamaspeak: An army of pompous phrases marching across the landscape in search of an idea.)
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To: bronxville

444 days...

and his plan to wear a sweater if oil prices got too high...


16 posted on 10/09/2012 5:24:12 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: bronxville; ml/nj; firebrand; juliej; ExTexasRedhead; Yaelle; Clintonfatigued; SunkenCiv; ...
Michael Ledeen is a good guy, but it's hardly a brilliant idea to compare Obama to Carter, especially on foreign policy. The analogy is just so obvious.

Seems as if the presidential race this year is going similarly to the one in 1980 so far, and hopefully it will continue that way through Election Day.

17 posted on 10/10/2012 7:50:02 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93; All

Jack Welch shows how Obama cheated on jobs report.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444897304578046260406091012.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop


18 posted on 10/10/2012 9:56:58 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: justiceseeker93

I see Carter, but where’s Reagan?


19 posted on 10/10/2012 10:20:07 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: justiceseeker93; bronxville; ExTexasRedhead
Lol, I'll bet this story haunts him still.......


20 posted on 10/10/2012 1:45:30 PM PDT by potlatch (~~And the truth IS what counts, RIGHT ? ~~)
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To: ansel12

Yep. Reagan was viewed as a war-monger by many. I remember because I remember my dad saying it...


21 posted on 10/10/2012 1:51:31 PM PDT by NELSON111
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To: NELSON111

We had to have faith in Reagan before we could vote for him, because we knew that he was going to take on the Soviet Empire, and try to defeat it, it was an incredibly risky goal, but we supported him because the horror and stress of the seemingly permanent Cold war and enslavement of so much of the world’s population and territory, had to be brought to an end if possible.

Once he was elected, he started challenging, probing, he was running small operations around the globe and stirring up a hornet’s nest of riots, demonstrations and anti-NATO/American terror attacks in Europe.

It was very tense times and the survivalist movement was in full flower.


22 posted on 10/10/2012 2:33:42 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: potlatch

I don’t remember that rabbit story at all. Was Carter accused of cruelty to animals and did that hurt him politically?


23 posted on 10/10/2012 3:05:26 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

Lol, like all stories it has been exaggerated. Jimmy was in a small boat, fishing, and a white rabbit came swimming to his boat. The reporters then said he had to beat it off with an oar, but he says he just splashed water at it. Thus; The Killer Rabbit story evolved......

http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/8657


24 posted on 10/10/2012 3:21:38 PM PDT by potlatch (~~And the truth IS what counts, RIGHT ? ~~)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks bronxville.


25 posted on 10/13/2012 5:04:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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